Community Computing

20 weeks (5 weeks per module)

Free 2 You Computing Classes For All Levels

Learn at your own pace through four modules:

  • Introduction to computing, the internet and email
  • Word Processing
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • Presentation Software

You will learn through the latest Internationally standardised online tutorials, activities and tests, with the support of our friendly knowledgeable coaches on hand to offer assistance to gain computer confidence and learn new skills.

You will learn at your own pace and speed, working through each module at a pace that bests suits your learning. Each module is allocated 5 weeks, but you can move through at your own pace.

Introduction to computing, Internet and email

Learn the basic of how a computer works, how to create files in a Microsoft Windows environment, learn how to access and search on the Internet, how to create emails and attach a document. Correct online etiquette and how to keep yourself safe online.

Microsoft Word - Beginners

Word–processing involves creating a document (letter, memo, report, assignment, etc.) on the computer. To create a document you start with a blank screen on the computer, and as you type information, it is displayed on the screen as a Word Document. Once a document is created you can change its appearance and/or text, rearrange or make corrections to it; you can print it, or save it, add to it, reprint or edit at a later time.

Word is recommended as the pre–requisite module to all other modules on this programme. You will learn functions, features and techniques in Word that are used in other Microsoft applications (eg. Excel).

Microsoft Excel - Beginners

Excel is used to create spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are documents that are laid out in a graph style, with columns and rows, rather than a blank “page” as in Word.

Spreadsheets are used for mathematical calculations, for example, add a list of numbers, find the average in a set of numbers or to calculate GST. Data, (text and numbers) is entered into the spreadsheet using the keyboard, and calculations are made by using the functions and features available in Excel.

Microsoft Powerpoint - Beginners

Powerpoint is used to create presentations, documents with images and slide shows, and much more. Many of the basic functionalities are the same as within Word.

What to bring?

Please bring a USB stick to save your work, and pen and paper to take notes. You will be supplied with class text and printer paper.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to understand follow, and respond to instructions given in English.
  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Intakes & Applications

Dates & Bookings

This programme is not open to international students.

Youth Guarantee Fund*

If you are aged 16 to 24, you could study for FREE as part of the government's Youth Guarantee fund. To qualify for the Youth Guarantee fund, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Not yet have NCEA level 1 or NCEA level 2.
  • Complete an application for a course that is covered by the Youth Guarantee fund.
  • Be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be 16 to 24 years old at the time the course starts

All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status is required. Programme entry criteria may apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact Studylink for more information.

Introduction to Computing/Internet and Email
Kaitaia
Introduction to Computing/Internet and Email
Introduction to Computing/Internet and Email
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
February 13, 2023
March 13, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Word Processing
Kaitaia
Introduction to Word Processing
Introduction to Word Processing
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
February 14, 2023
March 14, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Computing/Internet and Email
Whangārei
Introduction to Computing/Internet and Email
Introduction to Computing/Internet and Email
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
February 17, 2023
March 17, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Kaitaia
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
March 20, 2023
May 1, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Presentation Software
Kaitaia
Presentation Software
Presentation Software
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
March 21, 2023
May 9, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Word Processing
Whangārei
Introduction to Word Processing
Introduction to Word Processing
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
March 24, 2023
April 28, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Whangārei
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
May 5, 2023
June 2, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Word Processing
Kaitaia
Introduction to Word Processing
Introduction to Word Processing
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
May 8, 2023
June 12, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Computing/Internet and Email
Kaitaia
Introduction to Computing/Internet and Email
Introduction to Computing/Internet and Email
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
May 16, 2023
June 13, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Presentation Software
Whangārei
Presentation Software
Presentation Software
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
June 9, 2023
July 7, 2023
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Part Time
or
only.
Full Time
only.
.
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.

All fees are in New Zealand Dollars and are approximate only - includes GST but excludes the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF) levy. Unless otherwise stated, the fees shown are for domestic students only. For programmes longer than one academic year in duration, the fees quoted are for the first year. Final study costs depends on a number of factors including the courses you select to study.

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. See our full Terms and conditions.

Additional Information

About Te Pūkenga

NorthTec is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga). From 1 October 2022, all references to NorthTec or Northland Polytechnic on this website (and any documentation linked through this website) need to be read as references to Te Pūkenga and its NorthTec business division.

Te Pūkenga brings the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and the arranging training activities of certain Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) together to create a national network. This will give learners more choices and flexibility in what, where, and how they learn.

Existing NorthTec ākonga (learners) will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga automatically in the same qualification and will continue to learn in the same way, in the same place, with the same people.

Learners should note that all programmes offered across Te Pūkenga are under review to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry and may be changed. Where there are changes to programmes that you have applied to enrol in, you will be notified of these changes.

Key Information for students - Qualification Information from the NZ Government.
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